The 2020 Put-In-Creek Duathlon is still ON for Labor Day Monday. Outdoor exercise is encouraged — it was specifically called out in the VA Executive Orders as an exception to the COVID-19 stay-at-home order — providing that we all adhere to the group size limitations and social distancing.
However due to the restrictions on public gatherings — in place to deter the spread of Coronavirus — VTTR will put in place precautions for the safety of participants and event organizers. This could be as simple as using staggered start times and having participants provide their own transition support (a household member can assist at transition and at finish area, for example). Final determination of logistics will be made in August and updated on this page.
We’re Baaa-aaack! Labor Day 2020
3 mile run + 2.5 mile kayak, starting & ending in Mathews Courthouse area, transition point at Williams Wharf. Sound like a good time to you? Then feel free to join us on Labor Day 2020: Monday, Sep 7th. That’s right: it’s free & open to everyone. It’s a ‘just for fun’ event, but don’t get me wrong – there are some who will be competing with each other, but all in good fun.
Location. This event will start and end at Put-In-Creek park and pavilion in Mathews Courthouse. Just a few years ago, the town of Mathews built a new dock and kayak ramp there so getting in and out of the water is really easy (Sep 24 2015 Gazette-Journal article!). The creek is tidal so we schedule it to finish very near high tide to ensure no one gets stuck in the mud.
High Tide on 7 Sep 2020 is 12:46pm ET
Schedule. Participants will drop off kayak at Williams Wharf at 11am (we’ll have a volunteer posted there to keep an eye on the kayaks and assist with the transition) and drive to starting area at Put-In-Creek park. We’ll have brief instructions and start as close to 11:30am as possible. We’ve done this course several times – no one has done it as a relay, but that is certainly an option if you want to divide it up with another person.
Bring a lunch. We’ll enjoy the pavilion at the finish area for a bring-your-own picnic lunch. Again: everyone & anyone is welcome to participate: you do not have to be a VTTR club member or Mathews resident to take part.
Timing. Timing equipment will be on hand if we have volunteers show up to operate it. So if you’re interested in your overall time, be prepared with your own watch/ timing device. A volunteer will be at transition point only. The course is on open road & open water – competitors will participating at their own risk. Event will be held rain-or-shine – it will only be cancelled on race morning due to lightning (posted on Virginia Tidewater Trailrunners Facebook page). Questions can be emailed to email@example.com.
2019 Results Are In: Event Recap
September 2019Put-In-Creek competitors